June 10th Birthday Love: Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak with a scene from “Where the Wild Things Are,” at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in 2002 | James Keyser/The LIFE Images Collection, via Getty Images

Happy birthday to American children’s book illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak, born on this day June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. His most well-known books include Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There. He also illustrated for Else Holmelund Minarik’s Little Bear books and for other authors.

“Then from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat, so he gave up being king of the wild things.”

-Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

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